Monday, November 26, 2012

ArtD 150 - Storybook Idea

I'm still working on my project idea... 
I'm  going to do an alphabet book with (hopefully) a comical spin on the animals that are depicted by the letters… I am still sketching out some roughs to see what will work best with the time I have.
I will post photos soon...

***Update! 11-29-12***
My book title is: The Don't Like ABCs
It will be an ebook so I have more time to work on it.
Here is a snapshot of one of the illustrations I drew out...

Alligators don't like Apples

I'm giving the apples a punch of color and doing the lettering in photoshop.
More later... Busy!!! ;)

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Another Painting of Dad :)

I haven't posted any paintings for quite a while... I thought I'd give you a sneak peak at my current painting with a detail shot.

(Unfortunately I only have my phone right now for photo taking — These are just 2 'so far' shots that I had... I should be done in a couple weeks and will share the whole thing then with a nice camera.)

Monday, November 19, 2012

ArtD 150 - Exercise 4:1 "Favorite Childhood Book"

It was hard to choose just one favorite...

So many influenced me but I kept coming back to this one.

The Story of Ferdinand
By Munro Leaf
Illustrated by Robert Lawson

I remember really relating to Ferdinand and it helped knowing that it is ok to not to participate in what everyone else was doing as long as what I did made me happy. 
I was always drawn to more peaceful characters and ones who where outcasts by choice.
I also LOVED the illustrations. Black and white illustrations where always appealing to me especially if they where done in a realistic way. 
So many children's books are simple but childlike in look... this one is simple but mature in the illustrations. It probably was one of the many that influenced me to draw too.

Below I've included the Disney cartoon... I like Disney's adaptation. 
Very close to the book... with some liberties. ;)

One of the other Illustrators that made a huge impact on me (but there are too many books to choose from) was Trina Schart Hyman . I thought I'd show you one of her drawings too.
Click on her name to see more... I love her illustrations of classic stories. 

Project 3 - Off to the printer...

Here is the final result for Project 3.
I could have worked on it a lot longer- but the deadline for the printer forced me to find an end point.
I'll post a pic of it hanging up printed on canvas once I receive it in the mail.
I am very curious how the color and brush technique will show up on a canvas print.
Overall pretty happy with it. 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Project 3 Update

Above is my choice...
Below is a photo composite start...

I had the suggestion to also alter the skin I'm standing on... going to have fun with that.
More later...... :)

Monday, November 5, 2012

Artist Presentation - Brittney Lee

Today I did a little presentation on artist/illustrator/animator Brittney Lee.

Click HERE for her blog - or the link on the right.

HERE you can find the interview I pulled some of my info from.

And HERE is the YouTube video if you want an encore of her old school project.. ;)

**I found the Interview on this BLOG - It's a fun one to cruise through and I highly recommend you check it out if you are interested in character design.**

Self Portrait So Far.... More later